End of an Era

22 Jul

The last 5 years have seen a class act at Rashtapathi Bhavan. President Kalam has been one of the best Presidents the country has ever had (if not the best).

Now with the new President Ms.PP (no pun intended), it looks like its back to the old days of sycophancy where the sole duty of the President is to be a rubber stamp.

Thanks President Kalam for the last 5 years. You showed class is possible even in an office that is ornamental. You touched the hearts of the people. A true peoples President. I am sure a lot more people will benefit from you in the future as well.

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15 Responses to “End of an Era”

  1. Mohan July 22, 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    ok, let me say it. Right from the first time I saw him on tv, asking the reporters to repeat after him the line “Whatever happens… yes, tell me, tell me… happens for the good”, I just couldn’t stand him. I found him highly irritating, laughably stupid and totally unfit to hold the office of the president. Every time I saw him subsequently, he only reinforced that initial opinion. I am just glad I don’t have to suffer any more of his inane speeches.

  2. some body July 23, 2007 at 12:31 am #

    vijay:

    in all the brouhaha surrounding the tai’s (note: different meaning in marathi) candidature, it sure looks like everybody (and i, for sure) forgot about our ‘just fantastic’ to-be-presidential candidate, mr. murthy.

    maybe, at least churumuri should have revisited narayana murthy’s qualifications vis-a-vis pratibha tai’s ;-). i for one, would definitely have taken back my comment on the national anthem! pratibhatai definitely appears to have a far more spectacular skeleton collection than narayana murthy ever did! what is one bout of sycophancy when compared with scores of people affected by a manipulated bank crash?!

    mohan:

    fantastic comment, just fantastic ;-).

    – s.b.

  3. December Stud July 23, 2007 at 5:00 am #

    Kalam, though was nowhre close to being God (or did I just read your post wrong?), was decent enough to occupy the chair. All the hoopla about him being parchial and all that stuff is best forgotten.

    But wait a second…who do we have now? PPP (unfrtunatley, it reminds me of Benazir) and Sonia-ji has the last laugh…and the whole country looks on, helpless as usual.

    SB,

    fantastic comment, just fantastic 🙂

  4. Vijay July 23, 2007 at 5:15 am #

    SB: I was wondering where you where 😉 … in terms of Skeletons I think PP beats NRN hands down… Come to think of it.. all of the issues people had with NRN was his opinions… not some court case or defunct loans..
    DS: Didn’t mean to imply APJ was flawless.. but as you say he was “decent enough”

  5. Kishor July 23, 2007 at 8:08 am #

    People are so used to rubber stamps that they cannot digest the fact of a president being different. Mera Bharat Mahan!

  6. Ramesh July 23, 2007 at 8:57 am #

    When I used to live in Delhi, the then President who had completed his term was shifting back to his tome town. His wife was such a greedy woman that she literally emptied the Rashtrapathi Bhavan of all the artefacts and sovenirs collected over the years that they had to engage a special train entirely to shift the goods to their home town!!!!

    I wonder what our beloved Rocket President will carry out with him?!!!

  7. Vinay July 23, 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    BTW, what about the terrorist that Kalam saved from being hanged for whatever reason.

  8. some body July 23, 2007 at 3:36 pm #

    vijay:

    do you have something on your blog that stops readers from selecting and quoting? at first, i thought it was the computer i was on, but now it appears that maybe you have something in the setup. so, what is it?

    looks like only d.s. got my fantastic reference, eh?

    my father surely would’ve kicked apj out of school for his haircut (or lack thereof).

    – s.b.

  9. Vijay July 23, 2007 at 4:32 pm #

    SB: Not to my knowledge… will check it out

  10. Aditya July 23, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    I guess it’s all relative. Kalam was a decent chap, but not someone I’d consider “great”. Of course, compare him to his successor and he appears larger than life.

    And Narayana Murthy may not have been perfect, but his credentials are an order of magnitude superior to Patil who, after all is said and done, got the job because of her loyalty to Madam.

    The rest of the world (or most it) is all about “raising the bar” in all aspects of their society. Thanks to Madam and the Commies, we’re going the opposite way.

  11. some body July 24, 2007 at 2:34 am #

    vijay:

    now i can select/highlight. what did you change (or was it really my computer)?

    – s.b.

  12. Vijay July 24, 2007 at 3:36 am #

    @sb: Did not do anything 🙂

  13. December Stud July 24, 2007 at 6:04 am #

    Funny…I tried and now I cannot select/highlight. A mysterious new blog disease has hit BB!!!

  14. Vijay July 24, 2007 at 10:30 am #

    DS: Its the twilight zone 😉

  15. bachodi July 28, 2007 at 5:32 pm #

    SOme reasons why PP win
    : here

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